Not Your Average Skirt

Every woman should own a simple black pencil skirt. Once that box is checked off, there is a world of other black skirts to explore;  pleated, flared, and full to name a few in a myriad of fabrics.  This dramatic full skirt is one of my favorites and a perfect transition piece for fall… It is a Sonia Rykiel, a high end French brand, found awhile back at Revolve. The coated linen fabric makes it a standout piece on its own, definitely ‘not your average skirt’.  To balance the volume of the skirt, a simple top works best, my preference being black or white.  Shown here is a black fitted top by Wolford, with a choker of bronze wooden beads.  (I opted not to wear the choker on this particular day, but either way works.)

Adding a jacket is a bit of a challenge since there is so much fabric at the waist/hips. Since the weather was warm, I opted to wear a scarf as a shrug, tying it loosely behind my back. In cooler weather a cropped jacket or cape will be another option. A casual option could even be cropped denim.

With a full, gathered skirt a round toe shoe looks best, something not too delicate, maybe with a bit of  edginess. These leopard block heels by Tabitha Simmons (found at Saks) are a nice option with bare legs, tan leather boots will also look great.  There are similar styles to these shoes – much lower priced –  at DSW.  To be a smart shopper, sometimes you splurge, sometimes you save!

It’s fun to own ‘statement’ pieces in your wardrobe that are unique and not seen on everyone walking down the street. But before you run out looking for fun pieces, be sure you have your basics first. If you don’t have a black pencil skirt that fits you perfectly, that should be the next thing you buy. 😉

Happy September!

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  • Glad to see you push the envelope with such a dramatic skirt, which looks wonderful on you! The wooden beads and animal print shoes are a perfect touch.

  • Gorgeous look – so chic, fun and flattering. You seem to wear Wolford tops a lot and I love the fit and neckline so I intend to check them out. Great tip on shopping well, knowing when to save and when to splurge! By the way, a while back you talked about evaluating your wardrobe and I was a bit defensive about holding on to great blazers despite many years of not wearing them. Well, I reevaluated my jackets and your advice was totally right on so I did cheerfully donate several to Housing Works so that I can keep my look more modern. Thanks!!


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